Twenty-two teams descended on the Lexington High School track on April 23 for the Don Bader Invitational Track meet.

The Swedes were one of those 22 teams who reaped the rewards of nicer weather that helped to produce some great competition times and distances at the large meet.

“We did have some great performances!,” Swedes’ co-head coach Steve Reeves said. “The nicer weather definitely played a role in all performances. We really didn’t have to contend with the cold and wind like we have had most of the season.”

In the boys competition, Wes Geiken took fourth place honors in the 400 meter run and Will Anderson finished third.

Swede freshmen Parker Graves and Ethan Olsen continue to hold strong in the 3200 meter run, finishing second and fourth respectively.

The 4x400 meter relay, which included Zach Harbur, Jake Burge, Wes Geiken and Will Anderson placed fourth.

On the girls’ side, senior sprinter Bella Rickertsen brought home the gold in the 100 meter run and freshman Aubrey O’Hare took second in the 300 meter low hurdles.

Madison Smith threw the discus 126’6”, good for second in the event and secured her the No. 7 spot on the girls’ all-time charts at Gothenburg High School.

The Swedes are taking the week to prepare for the Southwest Conference track meet at Broken Bow on May 1, a meet that is sure to bring out the best in all teams who are participating.

“SWC on Saturday is going to be a competitive meet,” Reeves said. “McCook looks strong on both the girls and the boys side. There should be some good performances as each conference school has come competitive individuals.”

The Southwest Conference meet will begin at 11 a.m. at Broken Bow High School.

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